The Vietnamese government has announced a two-year pilot plan to launch an electronic visa system for foreign tourists visiting the country.
Under a government directive released in late January, citizens from 40 countries will be eligible to apply for the e-visas starting on February 1.
To apply for e-visas, foreign citizens can access the website:
http://www.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn or http://www.immigration.gov.vn
Applicants are required to complete a form available on two separate websites (one in Vietnamese and the other in English) run by the Ministry of Public Security. They will receive an application code and will be asked to pay a non-refundable fee online. It will take three working days for tourists to find out if their applications have been approved or not, according to the directive.
Successful applicants will be able to print off their e-visas to present when they arrive.